In the month of January, I have focused on restoration during the cold and dark of winter. Today, thanks to healthymoving.coms Jen Hoffman, I am excited to feature a brief how-to video of physically and emotionally healing yoga: the psoas release.

The psoas is the most important muscle you never knew you had. Jen Hoffman, Certified Personal Trainer-Restorative Exercise Specialist™, eRYT-500, of Healthy Moving, explains that the psoas muscle extends from the inner hips to the lower vertebrae of the spine. It is also intrinsically connected to emotional tension, so that releasing tension from the psoas can actually relieve mental and emotional stress. It feels incredible, and it’s this anxiety-prone girl’s favorite yoga pose.

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